Bells ring, whistles blow, and confetti floats as I announce the winner for the drawing for Edie Melson’s book


When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle

And the winner is…Angel. Congratulations and enjoy! Your book will be sent to you soon:)

Thanks to everyone who entered by commenting over the last two weeks.

Thanks again to Edie for sharing her book and her experience. If you have a family member in the military, you will find this book to be a encouraging  companion when your loved one is deployed in harm’s way.

Veterans Day and the Marine Corps Birthday mark November as a special time to honor and remember the sacrifice and service of our military members both past and present. When a marine, soldier, or airman leaves home and family, the entire family contributes to the sacrifice. In honor of the commitment, fidelity, and sacrifice of our military families, I am pleased to share a few photos from friends.

The Haglund Family

Leaving for Second Deployment
February 2010

Homecoming Second Deployment
August 2010

Saying Goodbye Again
April 2011

Homecoming 3rd Deployment
November 2011

Lisa shares, “I’m 34 weeks pregnant with baby 3 and David had been home a total of 6 months of Edward’s life with all the workups before deployments and MOS school he had to attend between deployments. My oldest daughter did an additional deployment June 2008-Jan 2009, so she put up with daddy being gone a ton in her young life. Sweet girl.”


This is my friend Aprille and her family. She has a wonderful photo essay of this homecoming on her blog, Beautiful in His Time. Great photos that tell the story!

Home for Two Weeks R and R.

These darlin’ kiddos were so excited to see their dad, home for a short break from Iraq in 2010.

Thanks to sweet friends for sharing a slice of your experience as military wives.

I want to close out this post by sharing Psalm 91, often referred to as the soldier’s psalm. join me in praying these words for our military families.

Psalm 91

Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.

 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” 3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.

5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day; 6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. 7 A thousand may fall at your side And ten thousand at your right hand, But it shall not approach you. 8 You will only look on with your eyes And see the recompense of the wicked. 9 For you have made the Lord, my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place. 10 No evil will befall you, Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways. 12 They will bear you up in their hands, That you do not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra, The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. 15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 “With a long life I will satisfy him And let him see My salvation.”

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

May God bless, protect, and provide for all of our military families. Words alone could never adequately express our appreciation for your service.

Thank you.



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